Driver licenses can prove you’re a military veteran

Military veterans can now have that status noted on their state-issued driver license or ID card under a new Washington law.

The special veteran designation became available on Aug. 30 at no additional cost when requested at the time a license is renewed or issued, but normal driver license fees may still apply. The recognition is a way to qualify for military discounts and other benefits, alleviating the need for discharge papers or other military documents to prove veteran status. Private employers can also use the specially stamped licenses as proof of U.S. military service for employment purposes.

“As a veteran, I can tell you it’s an honor to have your service recognized. When duty called, our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America. The special designation provides a simple way for veterans to prove their military service,” said state Rep. Dick Muri, a Republican from Steilacoom who sponsored the legislation (House Bill 2343) that created the augmented license.

For the veteran designation, the state Department of Licensing requires a DD Form 214 that shows “honorable” or “general under honorable conditions” status. Veterans who don’t have that form can request their military service records online, by mail or by fax.